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Cannonballs coming: Strong outings from Brault, Keller, Ogle

West Virginia was rained out.

— Steve Brault threw seven shutout innings as Indianapolis (66-53) beat Syracuse, 8-2. Brault gave up just two hits, walked three and struck out five. He threw 63 of 93 pitches for strikes. Jordan Luplow went 2-4 with his seventh AAA HR, 23rd overall. Elias Diaz was 2-4 with a double.

Kevin Newman: 1-5
Max Moroff: 0-3, 2 BB

— Elvis Escobar’s walkoff single gave Altoona (61-57) a 3-2 win in the first game of their doubleheader with Trenton. With the game tied, 2-2, Wyatt Mathisen led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple. Trenton walked the bases loaded to face Escobar, who foiled the strategy by lining a single to right. Mitch Keller made his second AA start, going six innings and allowing two runs on five hits. Keller didn’t walk anybody and fanned nine. He took a shutout into the sixth, but gave up a pair of RBI hits with two out.

Cole Tucker: 1-3, 3B
Jerrick Suiter: 1-2
Jin-De Jhang: 0-2
Mathisen: 1-2, 3B, BB

The Curve got blanked, 4-0, in the second game. Austin Coley gave up four runs on nine hits in five and two-thirds innings. He fanned eight. The Curve had just four hits, all singles.

Tucker: 0-3
Suiter: 0-3

— Bradenton (62-53) lost to Charlotte for the third straight time, 5-4. Cam Vieaux gave up only three hits and a walk in six innings, but was charged with four runs. Two were unearned. Casey Hughston went 3-5 with his sixth HR. Ty Moore hit his fourth.

Ke’Bryan Hayes: 1-3, BB
Will Craig: 0-3, BB
Stephen Alemais: 3-4

— Morgantown (31-21) lost to Aberdeen, 7-3. Starter Beau Sulser gave up four runs on seven hits in three innings. Austin Meadows played right and went 3-4. Raul Siri hit his second HR.

Deon Stafford: 1-4
Dylan Busby: 1-4
Tristan Gray: 1-3, BB

— Bristol (11-36) got five shutout innings from Braeden Ogle in a 3-2 win over Pulaski. Ogle gave up just one hit, walked three and fanned a career-high seven. Alex Manasa followed Ogle with three shutout innings, allowing no hits, walking one and striking out five. The Pirates almost blew the game in the bottom of the ninth, giving up two runs. The Pirates had only six hits, but also drew seven walks.

Edison Lantigua: 0-4, BB
Jason Delay: 0-2, BB

— The GCL Pirates (15-27) broke a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Braves. Second-round pick Steven Jennings threw the first two innings. He ran into some trouble after getting two quick outs in the first, as he started falling behind hitters and getting hit hard when he got too much of the plate. Three hits and a walk led to two runs. He had an easier second inning, giving up just a bunt hit. Jennings may or may not have come out at that point due to being hit on the leg with a grounder on the last play in the top of the second, although he looked fine immediately afterward. Jennings threw his fastball 90-91 mph and had some stretches where he was missing with it, although not badly. He was also missing with his curve and slider. Claudio Scotti and Samuel Reyes, younger brother of infielder Pablo Reyes, combined for seven scoreless, two-hit innings in relief. Calvin Mitchell went 2-4 and Victor Ngoepe 2-3.

Mason Martin: 1-4
Rodolfo Castro: 0-4
Jeremias Portorreal: 1-3

— The DSL Pirates (33-27) lost to the Rays2, 7-5. The Pirates had nine walks but only four hits.

Jean Eusebio: 1-3, 2 BB
Francisco Acuna: 0-2, 2 BB
Sherten Apostel: 1-4, BB